Peugeot will leave the race to create electric sports carsOctober 20, 2018
Peugeot will leave the World Rally Cross Championship (WRX) and will develop a new electrified line of sports cars. The first cars from the new family will appear on the market in 2020. The development of sports cars will be carried out in collaboration with the division of Peugeot Sport.
“Driving pleasure is the basis of the Peugeot brand,” says brand head Jean-Philippe Imparato. “Electrification will enhance these sensations and offer sports cars with low emissions.” One of these cars can be the R-version of the 508 Hybrid, whose power will exceed 300 horsepower.
The new Peugeot application is a good reason to remember the concept 308 R Hybrid. The hatchback, equipped with a 1.6 turbo engine with 270 power and two 115-horsepower electric motors (maximum power of 500 power and 730 Nm of torque), could become the flagship of the new line.
308 R Hybrid will use the powerplant Hybrid4, like the 3008 crossover, consisting of a 1.6-liter turbo engine and two electric motors. Charged Peugeot 508 will receive four-wheel drive and can accelerate to one 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The maximum speed of the hybrid will be 250 kilometers per hour.
The Peugeot e-LEGEND presented in Paris, equipped with electric all-wheel drive with a 340 kW motor (462 horsepower) and 800 Nm of torque, can also get its serial incarnation. The prototype accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. The maximum speed is 220 kilometers per hour. On a single charge, the concept car can drive up to 600 kilometers through the WLTP cycle.